No Government Agency Is Testing Food For Glyphosate, The Active Ingredient In Monsanto’s Roundup

The US government does not test food products for glyphosate residue.
– Photo: Tamina Miller’s Flickr.

Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, glyphosate, was just discovered in tampons and every other cotton product tested. We’ve all been exposing our intimate membranes to Monsanto’s pesticides. Why didn’t we know? Because no one was testing for it.

You know what else no one is testing for glyphosate? Food. There are some independent tests here and there but nothing on a broad, regulatory scale. The USDA, EPA, FDA … none of these agencies tests food for glyphosate residue.

The USDA does test for other pesticides, and over half of the food they tested contained pesticide residues.1

In 2013, the USDA tested for about 400 different pesticides on a variety of foods as well as in groundwater and drinking water.

Glyphosate is the most commonly used pesticide in the world. The World Health Organization’s cancer arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans Group 2A” last May. You would think the USDA would be testing for it. Right? Maybe they are concerned that the levels will be to high:

Only in one year, 2011, did the agency conduct testing for glyphosate. Those tests, on 300 soybean samples, found 271 of the samples had residues. All of them fell below the EPA-set tolerance level of 20 parts per million, with residues ranging from 0.26 to 18.5 ppm

If that’s the case, they could always increase the tolerance levels. They’ve already done that, they could do it again.

Look at this. In 2013, the glyphosate limit for mustard seed and sesame seed was 0.1 ppm. That was increased to 40 ppm! The limit for flax seed was 4.0 ppm which was also increased to 40 ppm:

“In addition, upon approval of the new tolerance for “Oilseed Crops, Group 20 at 40 ppm” under “New Tolerances”, delete tolerances for borage, seed, crambe, seed, jojoba, seed, lesquerella, seed, meadowfoam, seed, mustard, seed and sesame, seed all at 0.1 ppm; flax, seed at 4.0 ppm; flax, meal at 8.0 ppm; canola, seed and rapeseed, seed at 20 ppm; cotton, undelinted seed at 40 ppm and safflower, seed and Sunflower, seed at 85 ppm; which will be included under the “Oilseed Crops, Group 20 at 40 ppm”.”
Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities

USDA is saying it’s too costly:

According to a USDA spokesman, test measures required for glyphosate are “extremely expensive … to do on a regular basis.”
USDA Reports Pesticide Residues on Over Half of Food Tested

They’re also trying to dodge responsibility by saying it’s not their decision:1

USDA spokesman Peter Wood said the “EPA makes the determination which commodities and pesticides are tested.” He said that sampling is based on EPA “data needs” and EPA has so far not requested glyphosate testing on any commodity.


The EPA said the ultimate decision rests with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its Pesticide Data Program.

The government is not going to be testing food for the most widely used, “probably carcinogenic” pesticide in the world anytime soon. Is it.

1Regulators May Recommend Testing Food For Glyphosate Residues, Reuters, 20 April 2015
2EPA May Recommend Testing Food Products for Common Herbicide, Food Safety News, 21 April 2015

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